Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Gaddi Vasquez

U.S. Ambassador (retired); former Director, Peace Corps


Gaddi Vasquez is a former U.S. Ambassador and former Director of the U.S. Peace Corps. From 2006 to 2009, Vasquez served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. organizations in Rome. He led major reform efforts at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, resulting in some of the most sweeping changes in the organization′s history. From 2002 to 2006, Vasquez served as director of the U.S. Peace Corps. Under his leadership, the Peace Corps realized the highest enrollment of field volunteers in 30 years and established the Peace Corps Global AIDS Program. Vazquez is currently vice president of public affairs for the Southern California Edison Company. He began his 28-year career in public service as a police officer in Orange, Calif., has served as an appointee of three former California governors and was appointed by former President George H. W. Bush to two federal commissions. The ambassador is a graduate of the University of Redlands.


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